Chelsea v Maccabi Tel Aviv betting tips from our team of tipsters as they pick out the best bets from this Champions League Group Stage Opening game
Chelsea have a nice easy start to their Champions League campaign and they'll be pleased to get back to winning ways here after a poor start to their Premier League defence.
Chelsea v Maccabi Tel Aviv Betting Tips
It's not been the smooth transition from a title winning season into their title defence for Jose Mourinho and his side and the 'Happy One' has looked more like 'The Rattled One' in his post match interviews following the 3-1 loss at Goodison Park.
They haven't quite clicked this season and they have had the game taken to them by a number of opponents. They were outclassed and outplayed by Man City and outfoxed by Crystal Palace, but this is a much easier assignment.
Maccabi Tel Aviv sit second in the Israeli Ligat Ha'al, but they have only played 3 games so far this season. They are a decent opponent and it should be a good workout for Chelsea and earn them 3 points to kick start their Champions League campaign.
It sounds like I'm writing off Tel Aviv already, they may well score a goal here, but the gulf in quality between the teams should be apparent when they meet at Stamford Bridge. Radamel Falcao has picked up an injury and won't be available, neither will Thibaut Courtois, but they have an able deputy in Asmir Begovic.
Begovic has come out this week and said the spirit in the camp is 'very good' and this will be an interesting test.
Tel Aviv squeezed past Basel to reach the competition, but the Swiss were not at their best and this will be much harder.
I think backing Chelsea on the handicap might be the best way to go here as they are too short to back outright, especially at home.
My first Chelsea v Maccabi Tel Aviv betting tip is Chelsea -2 on the Handicap market. It can be backed at 19/20 with Bet365
There's quite a few options to explore on the anytime goalscorer markets with several Chelsea players capable of finding the net. Pedro joined from Barcelona and is experienced in this competition. He won it with his side last season and could be the man to lead Chelsea on to victory here.
My second Chelsea v Maccabi Tel Aviv betting tip is Pedro to score anytime. It can backed at 11/8 with Betfred
Exploring a different option in this market, I think Maccabi are easily capable of finding the net against a Chelsea defence short on confidence. They scored 3 times in 2 games against Basel and they have netted plenty of goals in the league so far. Eran Zahavi has scored 3 goals in 3 appearances domestically. He also netted 7 times in 5 Champions League qualifiers and is prolific and could net here at a much larger price!
My third Chelsea v Maccabi Tel Aviv betting tip is Eran Zahavi to score anytime. He can be backed at 7/1 with Boylesports
Chelsea v Maccabi Tel Aviv betting tips:
Chelsea -2 Handicap – 19/20 Bet365
Pedro – Anytime Goalscorer – 11/8 Betfred
Eran Zahavi – Anytime Goalscorer – 7/1 Boylesports
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